By Jeff Brewster
LAKEWOOD – During a special meeting last night, the Lakewood City Council unanimously voted to appoint John Caulfield as Lakewood’s next city manager, pending a contract agreement. Mr. Caulfield is currently serving as the city manager in Mountlake Terrace, just north of Seattle, a job he has held since January 2006.
He previously served as a deputy city manager in University Place and held various finance positions at the City of Federal Way. He is a graduate of Boston University (BS) and Seattle University (MBA). Caulfield was first introduced to the Lakewood community over twenty years ago while serving with the Army’s 2-75th Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis.
The Lakewood council was enthusiastic in discussing Caulfield’s qualifications before they cast their votes. Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen stated that Caulfield “met all the attributes we were looking for in the ideal candidate.” Councilmember Helen McGovern-Pilant observed that he appeared to possess the shared strengths of Lakewood’s first two city managers. Other councilmembers referenced his strong leadership and his depth of experience in economic development and finance.
Mayor Don Anderson thanked the citizens and staff who participated in the hiring process and provided valuable insights to the Council. Mayor Anderson said it was reassuring that Caulfield was “currently successful in a city that wants to keep him. He is familiar with Lakewood and the military and will hit the ground running.”
On Friday morning, Mr. Caulfield remarked he was “honored to have been chosen as Lakewood’s city manager and truly appreciates the support and confidence of the Lakewood City Council. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with citizens, businesses, employees, and the Council to achieve the City’s goals.”
While his contract with Mountlake Terrace requires 60 days notice, the Lakewood Council is hopeful Caulfield can report earlier once they finalize a contract.